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Halaschak, Harris Named Lely Homecoming King, Queen

Kelsey Halaschak and Teaker Harris were crowned Lely Homecoming King and Queen on Friday (Sept. 16) during halftime of the football game.

By Roger LaLonde The competition was close as Kelsey Halaschak and Teaker Harris were named Lely Homecoming King and Queen at half time of the football game on Friday, September 16, 2016. Halaschak, of Marco Island, said she knew that a lot of students were voting for her, but wasn’t sure if she would have enough. Harris, of East Naples, said, “Wow, I am in awe. There were so many good candidates. I am so happy.” Candidates included: 9th grade, Matt Desir and Brielle Penzo; 10th, Gary Vincent and Lareesha Clercira; 11th, Nelson Charelus and Selena Sanchez; 12th, Whitney Petit, ... Read More »

Lely Homecoming Win over Dunbar

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By Roger LaLonde Lely fans were breathless at the end of the Lely Homecoming win over Dunbar, 27-24 on Sept.16. The noise card that was supposed to inspire the Trojans, was left laying on the ground that in the first half as Dunbar built a 16-0 lead. Only a miraculous pass-catch play of 53 yards from quarterback Jacquez Carter to Jean Joseph in the second quarter left the Trojans down 17-6, but that started the comeback. In the third quarter the Trojans pounded the Dunbar defensive line while Carter went to the air. Joseph and Taejon Wright each caught TD ... Read More »

Collier and Lee Building Industry Hosts the 6th Market Trends

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The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) and Lee Building Industry Association will host the joint 6th Annual Market Trends on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Miromar Design Center in Estero, Florida. The program will begin at5:30 p.m. with networking, immediately followed by Land Solutions’ presentation “What is Really Happening in New Home and Land Sales in Southwest Florida.”  The presentation will include detailed statistics and trends specifically related to the new housing development industry in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. Early registration is encouraged as seats are limited.  Tickets are $35 for members and $55 for non-members and can be purchased online by visiting:  www.cbia.net or www.bia.net by ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier County

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While driving through the Picayune Strand State Forest, Officer Arbogast observed a vehicle returning from a non-designated trail without proof of paying the day-use fee. During the vehicle stop, it was discovered that all three occupants were never issued a driver license, including the driver. Officer Kleis arrived on the scene to assist with the investigation. During the investigation, the driver was showing several obvious signs of impairment and Officer Arbogast decided to perform field sobriety tasks on the driver. It was apparent that the driver was impaired and was subsequently placed under arrest for DUI as well as driving ... Read More »

Conservancy hosts Fracking Summit

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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), Earthjustice and the Center for Biological Diversity will host the Florida Fracking Summit on Wednesday, Nov. 2at the Florida Gulf Coast University Cohen Center in Fort Myers. Free and open to the public, the summit will address hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” and its impact on the environment and Southwest Florida’s natural resources. Current oil and gas laws allow hydraulic fracturing, acidizing and other chemical treatments that present a risk to water supplies, to occur with minimal regulations and without a permit. Florida’s first Fracking Summit will educate guests on ... Read More »

Gatsby Gala to benefit FGCU students

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Young professionals in Southwest Florida are invited to a ball to benefit Florida Gulf Coast University students who have overcome major life obstacles. The Great Gatsby Gala will be the first fundraising ball held exclusively for Southwest Florida’s young professionals. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. until midnight at The Knickerbocker of Naples, 2225 23rd St., S.W., Naples. In addition to raising funds for the students through the FGCU Foundation’s Dr. Bart S. and Peggy I. Cuderman Endowed Scholarship, the event will include the presentation of a Young Professional of the Year Award. Sponsorship ... Read More »

2016 America’s Favorite Places survey

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Travel + Leisure, one of the world’s leading travel publications, lists Naples, Florida at No. 3 on its list of “Favorite Beach Towns In America” and No. 27 on the list of “America’s Favorite Towns” within its 2016 America’s Favorite Places survey. The six-month survey asked respondents to submit their favorite place and rate it in over 65 categories including affordability, notable restaurants, and public parks. The magazine’s editors noted in the beach towns ranking that the “tiny resort town on the Gulf Coast has long been a favorite destination for the jetsetters that prefer quiet relaxation over the glitzy see-and-be-seen ... Read More »

Getting students involved in the Electoral Process!

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The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office will host their fourth annual High School Voter Registration Challenge this fall. So far, 11 high schools have scheduled their voter registration drives. The Supervisor of Elections is challenging local high schools to get students registered for future elections and so far, the following schools are scheduled to participate: Barron Collier High School, Everglades City School, First Baptist Academy, Golden Gate High School, Immokalee High School, Lorenzo Walker Technical College, Marco Island Academy, Naples High School, Palmetto Ridge High School, Seacrest Country Day School, and St. John Neumann High School. The high school ... Read More »

National White Cane Day

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Saturday, October 15th is National White Cane Day! In order to raise public awareness, Lighthouse of Collier, Inc., in collaboration with Collier Association of the Visually Impaired (CAVI), will be hosting a White Cane Walk on Fifth Ave S in Naples from 10am to 12pm. The White Cane Walk will begin in front of Sugden Theater on Fifth Avenue, just west of Eighth Street and ends at noon at the von Liebig with an opportunity to enjoy docent tours of all Naples Art Association exhibits, to include the “Please Touch Exhibit”, with art created by Lighthouse of Collier clients. Lighthouse ... Read More »

Join Arbor Day and Receive 10 Free Trees

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Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free trees as part of the Foundation’s Trees for America program. Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees, which benefit the environment and improves quality of life. With nearly 1 million members and supporters, the Arbor Day Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees. Everyone joining this month will receive one of the following tree packages based on their location: 10 Arizona Cypress, 10 Live Oak or 10 Mix trees including eastern redbud, white pine, sugar maple, white flowering dogwood, pin ... Read More »

Early Childhood Program Receives 5 Stars

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The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida recently awarded the Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education Program with 5 Stars through its Southwest Florida Stars Program.  This is the Coalition’s highest rating and “reflects the quality of care your program offers to children, day in and day out,” the group’s announcement states. Southwest Florida Stars evaluates programs on six child care center quality standards that include learning environments and classroom interactions, health and safety, screening assessment and curriculum, professional development and staff qualifications, family and community relationships, and professional responsibility. The voluntary program rates child care centers through a process of site ... Read More »

Star Trek US Postage Stamps

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The Postal Service is proud to commemorate ‘Star Trek’ on the eve of its 50th anniversary,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan referring to the iconic television program’s Sept. 8, 1966, debut. “Star Trek’s intricate futuristic setting, multicultural cast and story lines touched on social issues and pushed past the boundaries of popular science fiction becoming a worldwide phenomenon.” “With the chaos in today’s world, hopefully the stamps and what they signify can inspire a better future for us all,” said Koenig. “’Star Trek’ gave us a universe that we could explore in our imagination,” said Thaller. “In this universe ... Read More »

“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” Everglades

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The award-winning Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing nonprofit series ventures to the Florida Everglades Nov. 19-20 for a wilderness fishing adventure. The Everglades program includes a Saturday class on specific fishing in 10,000 Islands, a home cooked potluck dinner and a full day of back country fishing on Sunday out of Chokoloskee Island park. An additional day of fishing or mothership kayak fishing is offered on Saturday for those who want to come a day early. Lodging is offered. Reservations must be made by Oct. 1, 2016 for those wanting to stay overnight in Chokoloskee Island Park. Women can register men and teens. Remaining 2016 ... Read More »

Baby Basics of Collier County

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Baby Basics of Collier County (www.BabyBasicsCollier.org) – a volunteer organization that provides free diapers and kindness to over 400 infants and toddlers from low-income, working families in Collier County and Bonita Springs and is celebrating its six millionth diaper donated this year – will host its 9th annual Champagne Brunch & Fashion Show on Friday, November 4. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m The Baby Basics Champagne Brunch & Fashion Show will feature delicious food, local models, a showing of fall’s latest fashions by Wildflower and J&K Collections and stunning jewelry by Bigham Jewelers. The event will also feature silent auction with the chance to ... Read More »

COLLIER CONSTRUCTION/Maintenance

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Collier Boulevard and Immokalee Road Intersection Improvements Project – At the Collier Boulevard and Immokalee Road intersection crews expect to be progressing with construction along the roadsides Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., weather permitting, as part of the Collier Boulevard and Immokalee Road Intersection Improvements Project.  Also, on Collier Boulevard between Immokalee Road and Weathered Stone Drive, northbound traffic has been shifted slightly to the west and will remain that way for approximately one week, between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weather permitting, as crews continue utility work next to the travel lane.  This project is expected to be completed in ... Read More »

Venomous Reptile Regulations

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At its Sept. 8 meeting in St. Augustine, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved draft rule changes to existing venomous reptile regulations to improve public safety. These draft rules strengthen biosecurity requirements by requiring more secure enclosures to minimize the risk of escapes to the public and native environment. Commissioners also approved further action by FWC’s captive wildlife section by continuing Technical Assistance Group meetings in order to listen to the public and stakeholders and to recommend future actions such as education, amnesty options and new training requirements. FWC captive wildlife staff was directed by the Commission ... Read More »

Goodland Water Line Replacement What Will Happen? When?

Photo by Barry Gwinn August 24th county informational meeting at Goodland Boat Park. Everyone seemed pleased that the construction was postponed until next spring.

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn On or about April 17, 2017, Quality Enterprises, with offices near Collier Boulevard and I-75, will begin replacing Goodland’s main water line from San Marco Road to Harbor Place N. (just short of Stan’s). Grady Minor, of Bonita Springs will be the engineers for the project. The project, costing $612,305, was originally scheduled to begin in October, but has been moved back to next April because of Goodland merchants’ concerns about disruption of their businesses during the high season. The county brought together all the principals on August 24, to answer questions. The meeting was ... Read More »

French Rhapsody

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”  ~ Mason Cooley It has been a long while since I laughed out loud so many times while reading a book. “French Rhapsody” is the title that had my endorphins dancing a jig. A middle-aged married Parisian doctor who has been disillusioned about his profession and personal life for some time receives a letter that has been delayed by the postal service for 33 years. The letter was found along with three other pieces of mail during remodeling; when shelves were dismantled, four ... Read More »

Volunteers Step Up at Evening Beach Clean-up

BAC member Katie O’Hara comes down the South Beach ramp.

Submitted The evening beach clean-up after Labor Day brought many residents to the beach, along with young members of Cub Scout Pack 234. According to Megan Olsen, Assistant Cub Master, “One way for the boys to earn their Bobcat badge is to perform community service. The beach clean-up was a good lesson for the boys. They did find a lot of water bottle caps, beer caps, cigarette butts and some straws.” Nick Wagner, Director of Beach Experience for JW Marriott brought in a crew from Quinn’s, his two boys and Spa Manager Julie Ronimous. Late August and early September brought ... Read More »

Real Estate, a Sector of Its Own

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin Question: I’ve heard that real estate is being added as a new sector to the stock market. Is this true? Answer: Yes, you’re right. As of August 31, 2016 stock-exchange listed real estate companies officially became a sector of their own. Prior to this, real estate fell under the financial sector. Some investors thought that real estate was overshadowed and lost by being included with banks and brokerages in the financial sector. Now that companies primarily engaged in real estate and real estate investment trusts (REITs) have their own dedicated sector, their popularity and volatility ... Read More »